The IB Diploma programme is designed to encourage students to study a broad range of subjects; however, it is advised that students choose subjects based upon career aspirations and future study at under-graduate level. Before selecting subjects for study, students are advised to:
- seek careers advice . Some courses at university require a specific combination of subjects to be studied at IB level, as well as requiring a certain level of pass in a higher level subject. Other courses at university, require only a specific points total, therefore in this instance, it would be wise to choose a combination of higher and standard level subjects to maximise your points potential;
- subject choices should reflect, to some extent, your strongest areas at IGCSE. Be warned, higher levels in Science and Mathematics* are particularly demanding and time consuming – you need to score a minimum of a grade B at IGCSE to take them at higher level (* the B should be in Additional Mathematics). For all other subjects a minimum of a C at IGCSE is required to be able to take higher levels.
- it is important to remember that to qualify for the full Diploma you must achieve a minimum points total of 12 in your three Higher Level subjects;
- choose at least one higher level subject that you easily understand, that you are interested in and that you have consistently performed well in at IGCSE;
- try to choose subjects that you are good at and subjects that you enjoy, this makes learning fun and more productive;
- where possible, talk to your teachers and seek their advice about your suitability for a particular course and level of study;
- be realistic about goals and aspirations; remember that the IB Diploma programme is a demanding course of study, success will depend just as much upon attitude and application and dedication as upon academic ability;
- your teachers may ultimately help you make the best and most appropriate decisions.